Launch Your Business—Now!

We Turn Your Idea

Into Your Own Business

Launch or Grow Your Business in 4 to 6 Months with Our New Everyday Entrepreneur Program.

We’ll Even Give You Money to Start Your Own Business.

Yes, seriously.

Introducing

Launch Your Business—Now!

Through our new entrepreneur program—Launch Your Business Now!—students who complete at least three of five required courses toward a Certificate of Entrepreneurship through MCC are eligible to present their business plan for funding consideration. You could be awarded up to $20,000 in start-up capital through our partnerships with the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund.

Get ready to start regardless of academic background. Financial aid is eligible for all certificate programs.

About the Certificate Program

Learn to Plan, Fund, and Launch

Our Launch Your Business—Now! program helps you develop skills and strategies to launch a new business or grow your existing business. We help you develop a business plan, determine a funding strategy, find sources of funding, and launch or grow your business within 4-6 months. Upon completion of three required courses, you become eligible to compete for up to $20,000 in start-up capital for your business.

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It’s More Than a Certificate Program.

It’s Opportunity Itself.

Do more with your Certificate in Entrepreneurship and take advantage of resources and opportunities available to you as an entrepreneurial student and MCC Alumni.

IDEA Center

Activities sponsored through the IDEA Center – workshops, panels, guest speakers, etc.

Practical Workshops

Learn form workshops on Strategy, Market Research, Financial Management, Customer Engagement, and Social Media

IDEA Center Challenges

DifferenceMaker@MCC IDEA Challenge — An annual series of workshops leading to a pitch contest in partnership with UMass Lowell, with prizes up to $1,000

Pitch Contests

Pitch contests in classes as practice and a space to hone in on verbal presentation of your idea.

MCC Student Marketplaces

Virtual and physical locations to test your product, and sell it.

Valuable Connections

Connection to a regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship and small business resources.

Popular Business Startups

A few examples of small business, micro-business, and home office businesses people start. Let’s add your new business idea to the list!

Consultant

Accountant

Contractor

Beauty Salon

Computer Repair

Carpentry

Graphic Design

Event Planning

Restaurateur

Home Rennovation

Children Services

Bookkeeping

Personal Trainer

Senior Care Services

Painters

Micro-Brewery

Facilities Support

Health Services

Food Trucks

Auto Repair

IT Support

Personal Wellness

Virtual Assistant

Social Media Manager

Our Funding Partner

Everyday Entrepreneurs
Venture Fund

MCC has partnered with the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF) to offer MCC students and members of our community with academic and financial opportunities to start their own business through our new Launch Your Business—Now! entrepreneurship certificate program. EEVF seed money can be used for equipment, marketing, and operating your business. Best of all, you don’t have to pay it back.

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Create Your Plan

You create a business plan and funding pitch.

Readiness to present ideas to the EEVF will be determined by a student’s business plan, financial projections, and business pitch.

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Funding Eligibility

Complete three required courses for eligibility.

EEVF gives preference to students completing the certificate program, or who complete three required courses—BUS 211, BUS 216, and BUS 218.

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Seed Money Awards

Seed money will be awarded to students twice a year.

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to students twice a year. Range of grants is dependent on the volume of requests, approvals, and balance of funds.

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Mentoring and Support

Upon approval, you are assigned mentors for one year.

Upon approval, entrepreneurs are assigned mentors for one year to give entrepreneurs support while they seek profitability within 6 to 12 months.

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About

Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Massachusetts with two campuses in Lowell and Bedford. MCC offers 57 associate degree programs, 25 certificate programs, and noncredit courses for personal and professional development. Classes are offered during the day, evening, weekends, and online.

Send Us A Note

For program information, please contact Franky Descoteaux, Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund Coordinator, at descoteauxf@middlesex.mass.edu

 

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